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To investigate elastic bands, whether they follow Hookes Law.

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Oliver Pugh 11SM                                                                                         08/05/2007

Hookes Law SC1

Do Elastic bands follow Hookes Law?

Aim: To investigate elastic bands, whether they follow Hookes Law.

Equipment: Stand, boss, G Clamp, Elastic band, ruler, weights




  • I will setup my equipment as I have shown in my diagram.
  • I am going to do 3 experiments using different elastic bands. In the 1st experiment I will add masses in small amounts.
  • On the 2nd experiment, I will keep loading weights until near breaking point.
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  • Once I have all my results I will then take the weights off 1 by 1 to see if the elastic band returns to its original form. I will only do this for the 1st and 2nd experiment.


  • I will have to wear goggles so when the elastic band snaps it won’t flick in my eye.
  • I will use a G Clamp so the equipment won’t fall.
  • I won’t put my feet under the table as the weights might fall.

Fair Test:

I will make this a fair test by:

  • I will make the results accurate.
  • I will use the same equipment.
  • I will keep the ruler at the same height


First Experiment:

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My results were reliable, but to get my results more accurate I would like to repeat the experiment, my rules was moving too much, so I think I could have had another person to hold the ruler, this would prevent the ruler from moving about, and would make my results more accurate.

I did get some unusual results on my graphs, but I am not sure what caused them, I feel it was to do with my inaccurate results. For improvements I would repeat the experiment, and I would take more time over it, especially when I measured with a ruler. I feel overall I have had really good results but for the best results I would need more time so I could get more accurate results.

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